Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy
Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

In China, genetic testing can determine if people are descendants of emperors. What good is that?

  • Chinese people have jumped on the DNA-mapping bandwagon, driven by dreams of imperial descent
  • Surely genetic readings of a person’s susceptibility to certain diseases is more beneficial than blue blood?

Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy
Chinese people are turning to genetic testing to determine whether they are descended from emperors. Photo: Alamy
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Wee Kek Koon

Wee Kek Koon

Having lived his whole life in the modern cities of Singapore and Hong Kong, Wee Kek Koon has an inexplicable fascination with the past. He is constantly amazed by how much he can mine from China's history for his weekly column in Post Magazine, which he has written since 2005.